Phyllis D. Airhart

Phyllis Airhart 

Director of Master of Divinity Program
Professor of the History of Christianity

B.A., University of Manitoba, 1977
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1981, 1985

Office: Room 113
Tel.: (416) 585-4536
Fax: (416) 585-4516

Teaching & Research Interests

Phyllis D. Airhart is Professor of the History of Christianity at Emmanuel College and cross-appointed to the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. Her interests include North American Christianity, religion and public life, and the history of spirituality. She is a past recipient of Victoria University’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the United Church of Canada’s Davidson Trust Award for excellence in teaching and scholarship in theological education. Some of her leisure time is spent singing with the Toronto Classical Singers. She is married to Matthew Airhart and you may catch them walking around Yorkville or enjoying string quartets, orchestral music and opera.

Selected Publications

Phyllis is the author of A Church with the Soul of a Nation: Making and Remaking the United Church of Canada and Serving the Present Age: Revivalism, Progressivism, and the Methodist Tradition in Canada, as well as a number of articles on religion in Canada. She is co-editor of Faith Traditions and the Family (with Margaret Lamberts Bendroth), a special issue of Toronto Journal of Theology titled Christianizing the Social Order: A Founding Vision of The United Church of Canada (with Roger C. Hutchinson); and Doing Ethics in a Pluralistic World: Essays in Honour of Roger C. Hutchinson (with Marilyn Legge and Gary Redcliffe).

Currently Teaching (2014-15)

Fall 2014
EMH 3801/6801: Christianity and Crisis in North America

Winter 2015
EMH 3570: Issues in United Church History

Other courses regularly offered: 
EMH 1010: History of Christianity I
EMH 2010: History of Christianity II
EMH 3757: Christian Spirituality: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives
EMH 3371/6371: Varieties of North American Christianity
EMH 5372: Religion and Public Life in Canada
TXH 3806: Calvin, Wesley, and Canada (with Stuart Macdonald)

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